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Inside the illicit world of "iCloud unlocking", where cybercriminals trick iPhone owners or Apple staff into removing an iCloud account to resell the iPhone (Motherboard)

[2019-02-06 16:25:01]

Motherboard: Inside the illicit world of “iCloud unlocking”, where cybercriminals trick iPhone owners or Apple staff into removing an iCloud account to resell the iPhone  —  In a novel melding of physical and cybercrime, hackers, thieves, and even independent repair companies are finding ways to “unlock iCloud” from iPhones.

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